Note: I added another page under the "Projects" page that should allow smart phone and iPad users to access the separate projects via hyperlinks. I don't know why but it seems that smart phones can't access the drop down menus.
28 March 15It rained again yesterday. I didn't do much on the boat except research the mainsheet system . . . I continue to consider a traveler system but would like to have the rig installed before I commit. I spent some time on the phone with Harken. I like the Antal system, but it's expensive. By mid-afternoon, I took a pillow out to the boat, lit the lanterns, fired up the heater and lounged on the settee reading for a long while. The boat was warm and dry though at times it was raining pretty hard. I have also been thinking about halyard shackles. I'll keep the SS captured pin main halyard shackle. But, I'm considering dyneema toggle shackles, that I can make myself, cow hitched to spliced loops in the double braid for all the remaining halyards. I probably should keep a snap shackle for the spinnaker halyard. That is one halyard you want to be able to release when it's under pressure. I may experiment this week making soft shackles. Today, the sun came out though it was cool and windy. I opened up the lockers and aired the boat out . . . not a drop of water in the bilge after several days of off and on rain. I am restless to get the boat to the boat yard. Eventually, we will get a stretch of some decent weather.
Update 10 Mar 15: The bow roof shed is sold.
I previously terminated the forward end of the lifelines to a shackle inserted through the aft most hole on the top of the cranze iron (click here for more information on the dyneema life lines). I was not really happy with the location. I looked for along time for bronze threaded eye bolts with a solid shaft that I could tap threads into and substituted it for the original threaded shackle pin that also secure the sprit-shroud stays. I did find a couple of candidates but they were about $60 each and I would still have had to cut the threads. I recently ran across some 316 SS eye bolts with a solid shank. The solid part was too long and the total length of the bolt was about three inches long. So I asked Jim Bircher as Bitcher Inc Machine Shop in Morehead City if he would cut them to length and cut new threads to fit my 3/8" shackles. I think he did a nice job. I think this is a much better location as it takes the life lines away from the cranze iron where the jib tack is secured and reduces the likelihood of chafe on the lifelines.